Certificate III in Civil Construction - RII30915


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working in Civil construction, who applies a broad range of skills in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge.The qualification applies to specialist occupations in bituminous surfacing, bridge construction and maintenance, pipe laying, road construction and maintenance, road marking, tunnel construction, timber bridge construction and maintenance, civil construction general and traffic management occupations. The individual may provide theoretical advice and support a team.Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the qualification.


25 units, 7 core units, 18 elective units


  • Position, set-up and operate a variable message sign
  • Conduct patching operations
  • Load aggregate using a purpose built loader
  • Conduct pile driving operations
  • Construct specialised timber deck systems
  • Install cure in-place linings for existing pipeline systems
  • Install noise barriers
  • Use automated paving guidance systems
  • Operate a truck or trailer mounted attenuator
  • Conduct skid steer loader operations using attachments
  • Safely handle bituminous materials
  • Identify, locate and protect underground services
  • Conduct long line road marking operations
  • Conduct tip truck operations
  • Install pre-cast access chambers
  • Undertake concreting work on concrete bridges
  • Control micro tunnelling and pipe-jacking
  • Conduct self-propelled aggregate spreader operations
  • Conduct airless and atomised spraying operations
  • Conduct road maintenance operations
  • Use communications systems
  • Conduct concrete road curing and texturing operations
  • Insert tie bars in fresh concrete
  • Lay reinforced concrete box culverts
  • Conduct paver screeding operations
  • Conduct surface shotfiring operations
  • Enter and work in confined spaces
  • Compact asphalt with rollers
  • Conduct of fluid assisted directional boring
  • Handle and store road marking materials
  • Conduct pedestrian road marking operations
  • Carry out manual handling tasks
  • Install slip lining in existing pipeline systems
  • Support operational plan
  • Conduct road pavement construction
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Escort mobile works
  • Hand spread asphalt
  • Undertake localised repair and sealing of existing pipeline systems
  • Implement traffic management plan
  • Place and form concrete kerb, channel and fixtures
  • Splice and connect timber members
  • Contribute to team effectiveness
  • Handle concrete materials
  • Cut, weld and bend materials
  • Install or replace truss members
  • Perform dogging
  • Conduct underground development shotfiring
  • Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level
  • Conduct telescopic materials handler operations
  • Maintain and monitor site quality standards
  • Construct and lay distribution pipelines and services
  • Erect a temporary modular support system (bailey) on an existing bridge
  • Install primary ground support
  • Work effectively with diversity
  • Receive, check and record concrete deliveries
  • Read and interpret maps
  • Conduct basic scaffolding operations
  • Line tunnel
  • Prepare surface for road marking
  • Operate a forklift
  • Conduct road marking measuring operations
  • Undertake visual inspection
  • Position, set-up and operate portable traffic signals
  • Licence to operate a forklift truck
  • Respond to site based spills
  • Carry out manual excavation
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Complete workplace orientation/induction procedures
  • Install utility poles
  • Conduct specialised forklift operations
  • Install sewer pipelines
  • Apply risk management processes
  • Operate elevating work platform
  • Lay pavers
  • Operate a vehicle loading crane
  • Install pre-cast girders
  • Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates
  • Direct pile driving operations
  • Conduct road construction paver screeding operations
  • Undertake on-line replacement for existing pipeline systems
  • Load and unload plant
  • Muck out tunnel earthworks
  • Maintain timber bridges
  • Install pre-cast gully pits
  • Use concreting materials and equipment
  • Operate light vehicle
  • Renovate large diameter pipes and chambers
  • Apply shot-crete underground
  • Run on-site operations
  • Use explosive power tools
  • Install raised pavement markers
  • Produce drawings and sketches
  • Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
  • Install water mains pipelines
  • Conduct bitumen tanker operations
  • Install and maintain roadside fixtures
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Install stormwater systems
  • Construct, maintain and remove coffer dams
  • Conduct bitumen sprayer operations
  • Conduct impact moling, ramming and augering
  • Saw and cut concrete pavements to initiate planned cracks
  • Licence to perform dogging
  • Construct underpinning
  • Support underground shotfiring operations
  • Conduct thermo plastic road marking operations
  • Fall trees manually (intermediate)
  • Conduct aggregate spreader box operations
  • Construct and dismantle fences and gates
  • Apply the principles for the application of bituminous sprayed treatment
  • Spread and compact materials manually
  • Setup and maintain concrete paver stringlines
  • Trim and cut felled trees
  • Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  • Operate a bridge inspection unit
  • Support plant operations
  • Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
  • Conduct earthworks
  • Lay pipes
  • Finish concrete pavements
  • Conduct ride on road marking operations
  • Install tunnelling constructions services
  • Prepare workplace documents
  • Install trench support
  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • Conduct intermediate scaffolding operations
  • Conduct local risk control
  • Install pre-cast concrete bridge decks
  • Assemble a temporary modular bridge
  • Install temporary and permanent rock anchors
  • Place and fix reinforcement materials
  • Conduct pipe layer operations
  • Repair potholes
  • Work as a safety observer/spotter
  • Drain and dewater civil construction site
  • Take samples of materials used in road surfacing
  • Licence to perform rigging basic level
  • Conduct asphalt paver operations
  • Identify and rectify site operating problems
  • Control construction site water table
  • Operate small plant and equipment
  • Seal concrete pavements
  • Roll aggregate in sprayed sealing operations
  • Conduct materials transfer vehicle operations
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Place and compact concrete
  • Provide first aid
  • Conduct tack coat spraying operations
  • Construct formwork and false work on concrete bridges
  • Maintain concrete bridges
  • Maintain sealed roads
  • Install signs
  • Construct portals
  • Direct cast in-situ piling operations
  • Install or replace sub-structure members
  • Install or replace super-structure members
  • Maintain site records
  • Maintain drainage systems
  • Install close-fit linings for existing pipeline systems
  • Read and interpret plans and job specifications
  • Conduct stabiliser operations
  • Conduct concrete road paver operations
  • Conduct slurry sealing operations
  • Comply with site work processes/procedures
  • Spray linings for existing pipeline systems
  • Produce asphalt products
  • Operate drilling fluids and mud pits
  • Install pre-cast concrete crash barriers
  • Apply bridge durability treatment
  • Work safely at heights
  • Operate mud systems
  • Conduct pavement sweeping operations
  • Plan and organise work
  • Install pre-cast parapets
  • Carry out concrete work
  • Conduct profile planer operations
  • Install sub-soil drainage
  • Install temporary support members
  • Carry out basic levelling
  • Control traffic with stop-slow bat
  • Support shotfiring operations
  • Strip pile heads
  • Store, handle and transport explosives
  • Prepare work zone traffic management plan
  • Excavate tunnel by machine
  • Carry out measurements and calculations

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Macquarie Fields College No
  • Part-time : 2 years
Macquarie Fields College No
  • Part-time : 2 years
Wollongbar Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Macquarie Fields College, Macquarie Fields College.

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply. If you are a registered apprentice, you may be eligible for a Fee Free Apprenticeship, which will be verified at enrolment.The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/are-you-eligiblePAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCEFees: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/feesPayment - funding: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/payment-fundingRECOGNITIONRecognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.Find out more about recognition: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers

Further information

Students seeking a qualification targeted to a specialisation (such as pipe laying or traffic management) should select the required number of electives from the relevant group.

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